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Longest-serving Japanese PM in history, already stepped down from the role once in 2007 due to chronic ulcerative colitis, has recently visited hospital twice in the space of a few days - sparking concern about his health across Glorious Nippon. He's refused to reveal what the purpose of the visits was, and chronic ulcerative colitis is a risk factor for colon cancer.

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Also his polling figures have dropped a lot recently which usually means Curtains in Japan - but then he really is Teflon in a country where leaders tend to have relatively short spans in office despite the same party winning almost every election. 

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It's official he's resigned 

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Geez what a year. Fortunately Japan hasn’t had that many covid cases compared to the rest of the world. I can’t imagine what would happen if a long time political leader resigned in a country hit hard by covid.

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1 hour ago, Sean said:

It's official he's resigned 

 

It's not official yet, he should be standing down officially in about 55 minutes. But yeah, he's outta here and we now have to decide do we believe it's just colitis or has he got something much more serious going on. Odds on him revealing more in his resignation speech are slim to none imho.

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1 hour ago, Spade_Cooley said:

 

It's not official yet, he should be standing down officially in about 55 minutes. But yeah, he's outta here and we now have to decide do we believe it's just colitis or has he got something much more serious going on. Odds on him revealing more in his resignation speech are slim to none imho.

 

With his will to cling onto power over the years, I'd be a bit surprised if a manageable pain condition made him resign after all this. But that's just suspicious old me...

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9 hours ago, msc said:

 

With his will to cling onto power over the years, I'd be a bit surprised if a manageable pain condition made him resign after all this. But that's just suspicious old me...

Most likely would’ve stood down at the next election scheduled for the back end of 2021 but going before the Tokyo Olympics are (planned to be) held in under a year? I think your suspicions will be proved right. 

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